Popular South Korean actress Jeon Mi-Seon was found dead yesterday, June 29, in a hotel in Jeonju.
Her manager, who raised the alarm after Jeon had gone missing for two days, said that Jeon had been suffering from depression. Local media reported that she was found hanged in the bathroom of her hotel room.
The Jeonju Police confirmed the death of Jeon, but said that they had not completed their initial investigations just yet or come to a conclusion about the cause. They confirmed that she checked in for two days, said that there were no signs of forced entry, but added that no suicide note had been found.
Boas Entertainment, Jeon’s agency, said in a statement, “The late Jeon Mi-Seon had received treatments for her depression. We regret that we bring sad tidings.”
According to the police, “It seems Jeon has been largely depressed as she recently lost a family member while her mother has been ill in bed.”
The 48-year old actress had been the lead in Love is a Crazy Thing in 2005, but was best known for her supporting roles in films including Mother, Memories of Murder, Hide and Seek, and Bungee Jumping of Their Own.
Jeon had also appeared in television series such as Hwang Jini, East of Eden, Moon Embracing the Sun, Reply 1988, Love in the Moonlight, and Chicago Typewriter.
A lot of Korean stars have committed suicide or attempted to do so. In 2017, K-Pop idol band Shinee’s lead vocalist Kim Jong-Hyun killed himself after telling his sister that he had “suffered enough” in a text message. In May this year, K-Pop idol-turned-actress Goo Hara attempted to commit suicide after a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend who threatened her with revenge pornography.
One of the most politicized cases was that of actress Jang Ja-Yeon, who killed herself in 2009 leaving a suicide note that listed powerful people in the entertainment industry with whom she had been forced to have se in order to get TV and Film roles. The Justice Ministry recently called on prosecutors to reexamine the case.